Greg Kostraba

Content Director

February 16, 2009 marked the beginning of my second go-around at WBAA. I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as Program Director at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. Among my highlights in Toledo, I was fortunate to win the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the life and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. You may have heard my performance of William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Performance Today or seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras or playing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I was also a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004 and produced the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label. Most recently, my horn trio Quelque Chose released its first record on Kickshaw Records. I have also been featured on two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label. My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

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Arts & Culture
11:23 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Lafayette Symphony Orchestra 11/15 Concert Preview

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently sat down with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra to talk about the orchestra's "Shaken, Not Stirred" concert, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem on WBAA-FM

Benjamin Britten and Heather Harper at rehearsals for the première of War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral 1964.

On Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11th, WBAA-FM will air a special program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the anniversary of the death of English poet Wilfred Owen. The show, hosted by WFIU Music Director Joe Goetz, features a dazzling performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem presented by Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music on November 4th. The program will also include reflections on World War I and its impact from IU President Michael McRobbie and various European ambassadors, as well as music from other World War I era composers.

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Arts & Culture
8:12 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Wabash Valley Youth Symphony 11/9 concert preview

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently talked to the new Artistic Director of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, José Valencia, about Sunday's WVYS concert, which takes place Sunday at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing arts in downtown Lafayette.

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Purdue Musical Organizations

Greg Kostraba talks to Bill Griffel and Steve Schlenk of Purdue Musical Organizations about the history and mission of P-M-O, as well as next month’s Purdue Christmas Show.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Lafayette Symphony broadcasts begin Sunday 9/21 on WBAA Classical

The Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations present the first of a series of monthly Lafayette Symphony broadcasts Sunday afternoon at 3 on WBAA Classical. Lafayette guitarist Chaconne Klaverenga will be featured in a Guitar Concerto composed especially for her by Dutch composer Rene Schiffer. The program also includes two of the Nocturnes for orchestra by Claude Debussy and the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. Join Jan Simon for the Lafayette Symphony broadcast on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM.

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